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> Date Posted: 09/10/1999 
> Posted by: mritchie@iatp.org 
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>  Subject: News on Techno-Eugenics 
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> 
> Welcome to the 
> 
> Techno-Eugenics Email List 
> 
> Number 1 
> 
> September 10, 1999 
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> 
> 
> WELCOME TO TEEL 
> 
> This is the first edition of the Techno-Eugenics Email List. 
> As far as we know, it's the only list focused on the politics 
> of the new human genetic and reproductive technologies. 
> 
> We support biotechnology in the public interest. We oppose 
> policies and biotechnologies--including human germline 
> engineering and human cloning--that foster inequality, 
> discrimination, objectification, and the commodification 
> of human genes and tissues. 
> 
> The pace of developments has picked up considerably in the 
> past several months. And glimmers of opposition are starting 
> to emerge. But most Americans--including most activists and 
> academics--have no idea that a small group of influential 
> scientists have launched a campaign to promote germline 
> engineering, human cloning, and a techno-eugenic future. 
> 
> We've begun working to change that situation: to alert the 
> public about the new technologies and the techno-eugenic vision; 
> to educate environmental, social justice, women's health, public 
> health, and other groups; and to create organized opposition. 
> 
> TEEL will consist largely of announcements about relevant 
> events (especially in California), brief updates on important 
> developments, and pointers to useful information. 
> 
> For at least the next several months, TEEL will be irregular 
> (a couple times a month), informal, and non-automated. We'd 
> welcome feedback, and suggestions about focus and format. 
> A web site will be coming soon. 
> 
> Marcy Darnovsky will moderate. Send her submissions at the 
> email address below. 
> 
> This first edition is being sent to people with whom we've 
> been in contact about human cloning, germline engineering, 
> genetic enhancement, and related issues. 
> 
> Let us know if you don't want to receive TEEL--we won't 
> be hurt. On the other hand, feel free to pass TEEL on to 
> others who may be interested in becoming involved, and 
> encourage them to subscribe. No obligations! 
> 
> Marcy Darnovsky Rich Hayes 
> teel@adax.com rhayes@socrates.berkeley.edu 
> 
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> 
> UPDATE AND PLANNING MEETING - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 
> 
> Please join us to discuss the best next steps toward organizing 
> opposition to techno-eugenics. We'll devote time both to 
> conceptualizing a political framework for this effort, and 
> to nuts-and-bolts planning for future events. We'll consider 
> the possibility of a day-long conference before the end of the 
> calendar year. 
> 
> Tuesday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m., in the offices of the 
> Energy and Resources Group, 387 Barrows Hall, on the south 
> side of the UC Berkeley campus, just east of Sproul Hall. 
> (Email Rich Hayes for more detailed directions.) 
> 
> We'll provide coffee, tea, and dessert. 
> 
> Please let us know that you're planning to attend. 
> 
> 
> The meeting will begin with very brief updates on recent 
> developments, including: 
> 
> - the California State Advisory Committee on Human Cloning, 
> and an activist protest against it in San Diego 
> 
> - the meaning of the media coverage of the so-called "smart 
> mouse"--including Time's cover story on "the IQ gene" 
> 
> - James Grifo's effort at NYU to create babies with three 
> genetic parents 
> 
> - a conference held at UC Berkeley by the Extropians, a 
> group organizing in support of human germline enhancement, 
> cloning, and cryogenics 
> 
> - the ABC Nightline special on human cloning 
> 
> - the "BioDevastation 3" grassroots conference in Seattle 
> 
> 
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> 
> POINTERS 
> 
> -- Briefing paper on "The Threat of the New Human Techno- 
> Eugenics," by Rich Hayes. 8 pages. Available from 
> rhayes@socrates.berkeley.edu. 
> 
> -- GeneWatch, the newsletter of the Council for Responsible 
> Genetics, has just published an excellent special issue 
> (August 1999) on human cloning. Subscription information: 
> CRG, 5 Upland Road, Suite 3, Cambridge, MA 02140. Phone: 
> 617-868-0870. Individual subscriptions (6 issues) are $24. 
> 
> -- Wild Duck Review special issue on biotechnology, with 
> detailed discussion of human genetic technologies. For 
> information about copies, email Casey Walker, editor, at 
> casey@wildduckreview.com. 
> 
> -- For the best recent short statement in a prestigious 
> medical journal against human germline engineering, see 
> "Human Germline Gene Modification: A Dissent," Paul 
> Billings, Ruth Hubbard, and Stuart Newman. The Lancet 
> Vol 353 Number 9167, 29 May 1999. 
> 
> -- Notes on the first two meetings of the California Cloning 
> Committee, including testimony from Paul Billings of Council 
> for Responsible Genetics. Available from Rich Hayes, 
> rhayes@socrates.berkeley.edu. 
> 
> -- ABC News "Nightline in Primetime" aired a special on human 
> cloning on August 19, 1999. Anchor Ted Koppel and correspondent 
> Robert Krulwich joined featured guest Lee Silver in endorsing 
> human genetic enhancement. A 5-page summary is available from 
> Marcy Darnovsky, teel@adax.com. Video copies and transcripts are 
> available from ABC News (abcnews.com), which also has a web site 
> based on the special at http://abcnews.go.com/onair/popoff/bnw . 
> 
> -- A list of recent books on the new human genetic technologies 
> is available from Marcy Darnovsky, teel@adax.com. 
> 
> -- Notes on the acquisition by Geron, a Menlo Park biotech 
> company, of Roslin Bio-Med and the nuclear transfer technology 
> used to create Dolly, the cloned sheep. 2 pages. Available 
> from Marcy Darnovsky, teel@adax.com. 
> 
> Mark Ritchie, President 
> Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy 
> 2105 First Ave. South 
> Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 USA 
> 612-870-3400 (phone) 612-870-4846 (fax) 
> mritchie@iatp.org <http://www.iatp.org/>www.iatp.org